David B. Larson

David B. Larson, M.D., was a psychiatrist trained at Duke, who founded and directed the National Institute for Healthcare Research and was a leader in the religion and health research field. He died suddenly at the young age of 54 on March 5, 2002. The David B. Larson Memorial Lecture was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Larson's pioneering work.

David B. Larson Memorial Lecture

The 17th Annual David B. Larson Memorial Lecture will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019. The speaker will be Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Miami at Coral Gables. The title, location and time of the lecture are listed below. All are welcome and no reservation is required.  Contact Dr. Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.




 Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:30 - 6:30PM
Duke University Hospital North, Rm 2001

Presented by

Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D.

Brief Summary


Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Dr. Ironson has over 200 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, and is past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society (a senior level organization by invitation only). She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV/AIDS, stress management in HIV and cancer, massage therapy and immunity, and the biological effects of trauma in underprivileged people, people with HIV, and people at risk for HIV.  Finally, she set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, which makes available to the community (on a sliding scale basis) both traditional (PE, CPT) and newer (EMDR) approaches to treatment.  Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors and health (especially spirituality) and trauma. She is one of the core investigators in the nationwide Templeton Landmark study on Spirituality and Health, and has just completed another study on treating trauma in men at risk for HIV.

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